VIDEO: An impasse between City Hall and the Rochester firefighter's union continues. As of July 1, 2019, one city firehouse goes dark every night. Firefighters at nearby stations answer the calls.
"Okay, I'll just leave this here with you," said Mayor Lovely Warren to the president of Rochester Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1071. "It basically says that I am prepared to end dynamic staffing tonight."
However, during a news conference held by the association Thursday afternoon, the mayor stunned everyone in the room when she stood up and addressed Eddie Santiago, the president of the association, while he was at the podium answering reporter’s questions.
She laid out a proposal that she thinks would end the need for dynamic staffing and addressed some of the union's concerns.
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The Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Operations Act that gives disability coverage to first responders who were part of the rescue, recovery or cleanup at the World Trade Center site after 9/11, won't immediately help the firefighter who inspired the measure.
Fire Lt. Bill Ricci, who will retire July 18 from the Clifton Fire Department due to lung disease connected to his time at ground zero, will have to pay for health benefits under COBRA during the "gap" between retirement and when his disability pension is approved.
Prior to the bill being signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, Ricci would have been responsible for all health benefit costs immediately upon retirement.
The bill was inspired after Ricci was originally denied all disability coverage because he responded to ground zero as a volunteer and not a paid employee.
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VIDEO: The list is growing of Dallas firefighters who have died from cancer.
"It's the number one killer of firefighters," Jim McDade said.
He's been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for 14 years and is President of the Dallas Firefighters Association.
McDade said it's a risk firefighters take with so many carcinogens during fires.
"It's inevitable. We know it is coming. We have to do everything that we can to prevent it. And step number one is keeping your gear clean and having the ability to clean your gear. Right now, we don't have the ability to clean our gear," he said.
All Dallas Fire-Rescue members received a notice on Wednesday:
"Effective immediately and until further notice, Gear Cleaning Solutions (GCS) will no longer be picking up personal protective equipment (PPE) for cleaning. An updated schedule will be provided as soon as possible.
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When little Jahid Mitchell walked into the Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center, he was wide-eyed and ready to explore.
It was his 2nd birthday, and he was reuniting with the man who saved him from a burning home last fall.
"It’s awesome," said Columbus Fire Investigator Mike DeFrancisco. "It’s a celebration of his life, and he’s still here to celebrate that."
On Aug. 23, 2018, Aleasha Mitchell saw smoke filling her home and rushed upstairs to get her children.
She, Jahid and her older daughter Zion got out by climbing through a second-story window onto an overhang. Zion jumped to safety on her own, hurting her back in the process.
That morning, DeFrancisco just happened to be investigating an arson in the area. He saw smoke, went to investigate and, moments later, he was making a catch that would stay with him long after that day.
Ther heroic act was even caught on video.
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VIDEO: As warm and dry conditions ramp up, California firefighters are gearing up for what could be another deadly summer.
And, as evident in the skies above the capital region, they aren’t the only ones preparing.
The Global SuperTanker, the world’s largest firefighting airplane, arrived at Sacramento’s McClellan Airport in late June, complete with its four pilots, to train in the region they’ll likely spend the next few months.
“The dots are starting to line up for another bad fire season,” said John Winder, chief operations officer for Global SuperTanker Services. The company is based out of Colorado Springs and contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, among others in the U.S. and around the world.
Last year, the Boeing 747-400 jet modified released 1,327,478 gallons of fire retardant during 71 drops, according to Winder. It was brought in for the Camp Fire in Paradise and several others including the Ranch, Call, Front and Donnell fires.
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